On Tuesday 12th February I was delighted to attend the 2nd Anniversary of 'Hub Dot', http://www.hubdot.com the amazing organisation set up Simona Barbieri to revolutionise the way that women connect, through storytelling. This was truly an inspirational evening - as well as having the opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, and women from all walks of life, I was enthralled by the stories of a collection of individuals. these included a woman who, from being in a concentration camp as a child, had now finally taken up her dream of becoming a stand up comic!
I am thrilled to be able to announce that myself and two fellow female flamenco guitarists ('Las Nenas') will be playing a small set of flamenco guitar music at the 'Art of YOU' event on Monday 16th March. Very exciting!
A few days later I travelled to meet the great husband and wife team behind 'Greenock', the adventure events company - Joe and Laura Mearns. We shared our passions and reasons behind becoming involved in organising challenge events as we look to work together more. Laura shared her story about how she wrote the book 'Himalaya by Bike' in 2008. This came as the result of spending three years cycling solo around the Himalayas. the book is a real gem, covering everything you would see, and need to know covering the best biking routes in High Asia from Pakistan's Karakoram Highway in the west to Bhutan's many passes in the east. In these days of reality programmes featuring people taking on 'wild' challenges, I truly commend Laura for her bravery in undertaking this inspirational solo adventure.
Welcome to my first blog post. I thought I would start with a busy and varied week to keep things interesting and ease myself into this wonderful world!
Tuesday saw the launch of the MS Society's Appeal Launch. This is an exciting time for the charity as advances and research mean that a cure is within our grasp. So, the 'Stop MS' campaign was launched at the inspiring Royal Society. Being sensitive to not taking photographs of the influential guests in the room I opted instead for this slightly moody (sinister?) shot of the striking logo, set next to some eerily split busts of eminent scientists....
A compelling cause and a highly successful night.
Thursday saw a gallery dinner at the wonderful Heike Moras gallery where I organised a dinner for the artists and curators of the 'Figuaratively Speaking' exhibition, http://heikemoras.com
These are lovely, small events where I work with a chef to produce some bespoke menus. On the table this time were - a velvety spiced cauliflower soup with homebaked rolls. Then for mains, quince stuffed with lamb with coriander and pomegranate with basmati rice,chickpeas and crispy fried onions and winter slaw. This was served with some lovely side salads of roasted beetroot, leek and walnuts; caramelised fig, orange, feta salad with rocket and some fantastic roasted aubergine, pomegranate, saffron and yoghurt dressing. All rounded off with an indulgent bitter chocolate, coffee and cardamom truffle cake with crème fraiche. Happy artists all round! The pictures really don't do it justice, I must take my good camera next time!
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.